The first dengue death of this season has been reported in the national Capital with a 17-year-old girl - a resident of Jafrabad in North-East Delhi - succumbing to the vector-borne disease at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital.
The patient died on July 21 due to the dengue shock syndrome. She was brought to the Lok Nayak Hospital last Wednesday and next morning she died, said a doctor. Earlier, the patient was admitted to the Delhi Government’s Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital.
With dengue emerging as public health threat, Health Minister Satyender Jain of Delhi on Tuesday announced to set up 300 fever clinics at all Government Hospitals (33 hospitals), dispensaries (262) and Mohalla Clinics (106).
A doctor at AIIMS said more than 200 patients are visiting the casualty department for the treatment of viral fever daily, while OPDs are witnessing nearly 400 patients suffering from viral infection/fever. City hospitals have received 90 patients afflicted with dengue. According to the municipal data, dengue cases are increasing every week. Last week, 40 new cases of dengue were recorded.
According to Dr. R. K. Singal, Director, Internal Medicine at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Viral fever cases have doubled this month. And also suspected chikungunya and malaria cases have also been witnessed.
Health experts said this year dengue cases have started to originate a bit early and if dengue preventive measures and precautions are not taken, the situation will become worse in the coming days. Doctors said the sudden spike in the cases of viral fever in July is a cause of worry.
Dr Ekta Gupta, Additional Professor of Clinical Virology at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), told The Pioneer, It’s true that cases of dengue are increasing every week, only dengue preventive measures and keeping our surrounding free of mosquito breeding can help us. Municipal authorities and other agencies of the Government must start preventive measures otherwise the disease will engulf other areas also. Though the situation is under control at the moment, it can spiral as it did last year.
Dr SP Byotra, Chairman Internal Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said damp weather is helping mosquitoes breed. Since the viruses get doubled during this condition, it can be postulated that dengue epidemic similar to past year may arise, said Byotra.
Last year, 15,000 people were afflicted with dengue and 60 died as per municipal records, though unofficial figure stood at over 100.